Book of Saints – Saint Pius X

Pope Saint Pius X, 1895Article

August 21

Joseph Sarto was the son of a poor village shoemaker and the oldest of eight children. Two priests of the parish helped him.

After ordination Joseph was made an assistant to the pastor in a small Italian town in the mountains. All the people loved him because he was kind. His soul was on fire with the love of God, especially when he preached about the Blessed Sacrament.

When he became Bishop of Mantua, he said: “I shall spare myself neither care nor labor nor earnest prayers for the salvation of souls. My hope is in Christ.”

In 1903 Joseph was elected Pope and took the name Pius X. His motto was: “To restore all things in Christ, so that Christ may be all in all.” His teaching was: “Love God, and lead good Christian lives.” He wanted this goal to come about through frequent Holy Communion, especially early First Communion.

Pius X died on 20 August 1914, with the words: “To restore all things in Christ.” He is called the “Pope of the Blessed Sacrament.”

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint Pius X”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 January 2019. Web. 14 December 2019. <>